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The Authorized Roy Orbison Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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"Roy's impact has been indelible... like finding a secret key to unlocking truth and possibility."―k.d. lang
"Roy Orbison remains a compelling figure in the long line of sounds from Texas. Roy dreamed as big as the Lone Star State and sang even bigger. And this book reminds us of the near incalculable impact he continues to have on music to the present day."―Billy F Gibbons, guitarist and lead vocalist, ZZ TOP
"I met Roy in 1980. He opened for us [Eagles] in San Francisco. We should have opened for him. This is a great book by his sons -- a MUST read."―Joe Walsh, guitarist and vocalist, the EAGLES
"From his early days through the Sun and Monument Records years, the '70s revival, Wilburys, et al, [THE AUTHORIZED ROY ORBISON] offers plenty of good old story-telling in a breezy, readable tone that'll make you like the man even more than you already do."―Mojo Magazine
"THE AUTHORIZED ROY ORBISON not only remembers the legendary American singer-songwriter, but offers a truly unique look-behind-the-scenes at a talented, humble man who became a voice for the ages. Roy Orbison had songs that charted in five consecutive decades, and his accolades continue after his death. This book, co-authored by Roy Orbison, Jr., Wesley Orbison and Alex Orbison with Jeff Slate, chronicles the making of Roy Orbison - his personal life and his celebrity."―Tennessean
About the Author
Jeff Slate is a songwriter and music journalist who regularly contributes to Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. A lifelong fan of Roy Orbison, he recently contributed liner notes to The Ultimate Roy Orbison and the fiftieth-anniversary reissue of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He and his partner, Lynn, reside in New York City with their children.
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Roy's Boys (his three surviving sons) and co-author Jeff Slate did an exhaustive amount of research, lest anyone think the sons might have settled for some sort of lax or simplistic hagiography of their father. Besides a ton of insight into the character of this remarkable human being and brilliant one-of-a-kind talent, all the relevant information one could ever want concerning his life and career is here. The most terrible tragedies imaginable may have befallen him, some record business dealings may have gone awry due to a lack of mindfulness and sophistication (he was too trusting) in such matters, but there was nothing in the way of scandal that ever touched him. (The error-ridden 2013 putative biography attempted to manufacture one involving his marriage to his mid-teenage first wife, Claudette, which the author disingenuously - and utterly falsely - sought to conflate with the Jerry Lee Lewis marriage scandal.)
Ultimately, this is a story of triumph and tragedy told truthfully.
[My favorite new insight: Although he sang so dramatically and definitively of loneliness and heartbreak, Roy had a vivid sense of humor and could re-enact from memory entire Monty Python sketches - and he enjoyed parodies of himself, which is one of many testaments to his humility.]
His sons, who wrote the book, really take you inside their lives with their dad and show you the real story of his life. You gain so much insight as to why or how things were the way they were.
The photos were nice to see too, some I had seen, but most were new to me. I saw so many celebrities and family, all who Roy loved closely and cherished, but was sad to not see one photo of him and Elvis. A man he admired so much and was friends with as well.
Still, this is an excellent read. And with Tom Petty's passing as I write this out, it almost feels poetic that I finished this book today.